Ptychosperma macarthurii

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Ptychosperma macarthurii H.Wendl.

Arecaceae

Life form: tree
Usage: ornamental plant

Exposure: half shade   10

Moisture: moderately moist bis Moisture: moist

Soil: sandy loam

Arrangement: whorled
Leaves: evergreen

Shape: linear

Division: imparipinnate

Shape: three-stellate
Fruit: berry

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Inflorescence: panicle

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Canopy: multi-stemmed palm, cycad, or similar tree

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Liliopsida
Subclassis:
Arecidae
Superordo:
Arecanae
Ordo:
Arecales

Ptychosperma macarthurii is a tree.

Naming

Ptychosperma macarthurii was already described and the name validly published by Harry James Veitch based on a prior description by Hermann Wendland. It was Joseph Dalton Hooker, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics in 1884Hermann Wendland.

Taxonomy

Ptychosperma macarthurii is a species in the genus Ptychosperma which contains approximately 29 to 33 species and belongs to the family of the Arecaceae (Palm Family).

Characteristics

Growth

The trees have a multi-stemmed palmlike habit and reach heights of 2,5 to 7 metres.

Wood and Bark

Leaves

Ptychosperma macarthurii is evergreen. The dark-green, imparipinnate leaves are whorled. The linear leaflets are petiolate.

Flowers and Fruits

Ptychosperma macarthurii produces panicles of white three-stellate flowers from April to July.

The trees carry red berries.

Root System

Distribution

Ptychosperma macarthurii is native to New Guinea.

Cultivation

The trees prefer a half-shady situation on fresh to moist soil. The substrate should be sandy loam. They tolerate temperatures only above at least 1°C (USDA zone 10).

Uses

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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